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Remembering Stan Musial, among the best in baseball history as both a player and a person.

"Here stands baseball's happy warrior; here stands baseball's perfect knight."

| Commissioner Ford Frick, on Stan Musial Day, Sept. 29, 1963.

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June 1, 2012 12:00 am

Overthinking It: Adam Jones' Unusual Breakout


Ben Lindbergh

Adam Jones' power spike hasn't come with any newfound patience. Does this mean the Orioles will regret extending him by six years?

We know at least one thing for sure about the future of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones: whatever Jones does today, tomorrow, or in 2018, he won’t lack for meal money. Last week, the O’s signed the 26-year-old to a six-year, $85.5 million extension that includes a $2 million signing bonus and guarantees him an average annual salary of roughly $14 million over the next six seasons. If Jones plays poorly, he’ll still have more money in the bank at the end of the deal than most players ever make. If he plays well, he’ll be young enough to command another mega-contract when he finally becomes a free agent. Either way, his financial future is assured.

We can’t predict Jones’ on-field future with quite the same clarity. Jones is two months into what’s shaping up to be a breakout season, which probably prompted the Orioles to make a long-term commitment when they did. Even after an 0-for-2 performance on Wednesday night snapped a 20-game hitting streak, he boasts a .327 True Average (TAv), the fifth-best figures in the American League and a giant leap above both his .265 career TAv entering the season and the .282 mark he managed in 2011. If what we’re seeing now is Jones’ new true talent level, Baltimore could spot him several more million and still get a steal on the extension.

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September 20, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part One


Nate Silver

Evaluating who was the best player in the game, starting with Ross Barnes in 1871.

Who is the best player in baseball right now? You can make credible arguments for two players-Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez. Who then will win the MVP awards in their respective leagues? A-Rod will probably win the American League's, but Pujols is unlikely to reciprocate in the NL. More probably, it will be someone like Prince Fielder, who is certainly very good, and who might have had the best season in his league, but is certainly not the best player in baseball.

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